The recession didn't hit until end of 2007 yet first year euth was up in LA City shelters. The main reason was because Dr. Gary Michelson promised to give the Mayor $10,000,000 if he hired Ed Boks. The Mayor agreed. No one checked out Boks' references. If they had, they would have seen that he was fired from his previous two jobs. He also didn't actually reduce euth at his previous shelters.
First year at both shelters euth was up. The second year he got ahold of the books and what do you know, euth started to go down. Through number manipulation, refusing animals, marking off some animals as owner requested euthanasia, allowing more to die on their own from disease and cage fighting, Boks was able to make it appear that euth went down slightly the second year and the next. In reality it didn't go down. Boks made the problem worse. The animals he refused reproduced. There were now even more animals. This happened in AZ, NY and then LA.
Dr. Gary Michelson offered to donate huge sums for spay and neuter to solve the problem in LA but he didn't deliver. It took him over two years to even start donating more than $30,000. 2008 the recession hit and intake was up. Intake was also up because Boks refused feral cats, kittens and big dogs who reproduce the most. At this point I think Fary Michelson just gave up. He started just doing silly projects like dressing up kittens in dresses and putting them on a web cam. He did this at the advice of Aimee Gilbreath who had nooooo animal experience whatsoever. She told people to leave them cats alone for three days at a time while they vacation. Not only is this bad advice, but it's against LA City code. You can't leave your pets alone over 13 hours.
Aimee (Gary Michelson) also suggested the "six pack nine lives" calendar. Hunky guys without shirts on would pose with cats. Who would be buying this calendar? The calendars sell for only $7 so they are probably not making any net off the sales. Who would think this would help cats get adopted? This photo is embedded from Found Animals Foundation website. I introduce to you Mr. October.
In fact the rules have changed so much that the goal is no longer to reduce pet overpopulation. The current goal is for Gary to be able to patent and sell the product for profit. In the meantime people have been handing over all their research which Gary now owns for free. He learned this trick when he stole the threaded spinal cage invention which made him all his money.
What has Gary Michelson managed to accomplish in LA? He managed to cause major turmoil in the LA animal community. He dangled his money in front of everyone who really wants to solve the problem. He promises to help one cause or another then doesn't. He also pits members of the animal community against each other.
Gary Michelson has not helped the animal community. More animals are dying than before he started his Foundation and Prize. The answer to solve LA's pet overpopulation is right in front of him but Gary refuses to do anything. He likes to dangle money in front of people so they'll like him, praise him, give him awards, medals, fight for a chance at his grants, money...then he doesn't deliver. He promised to give $75M for the prize started in 2007. It's been six years and he's given 3-5M. His 20 million minds foundation has barely given anything at all. It would have been better if Gary never started his Foundation at all. LA would never have had to suffer with Ed Boks and the consequence of his actions as GM from 2005-2009.
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